If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?
Virgin Island law says that a person cannot get a license to have a gun if s/he has been convicted of the following crimes:
- s/he has been convicted in any court for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
- s/he has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence;1
- s/he has been convicted in any state of any crime of violence; any violation of a narcotic law; or a violation of a “harmful drug” law;2 or
- s/he is a fugitive from justice.1
Federal laws, which apply to all states and territories, also restrict a person’s right to have a gun under certain circumstances. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.
1 23 V.I.C. § 456a
2 23 V.I.C. § 458(a)
3 23 V.I.C. §§ 458(a); 451(b)